Venus Anadyomene (after Titian)
© Calum Colvin

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Venus Anadyomene (after Titian) 1998
  • Scottish Art
This photograph was commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland and is based on Titian's painting of the same name, which is owned by the National Galleries. Colvin's work was created by painting onto a specially-created three-dimensional set, which was then photographed to create a two-dimensional image. The objects in the set, such as shells and photographs of people in the sea, reflect elements of the original painting. Colvin brings his Venus up to date with a twist – behind her left eye is a camera on a tripod, so the observed subject of the image is also the observer.

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  • Acc. No. GMA 4292
  • Medium Cibachrome colour photograph
  • Size 101.00 x 76.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by the photographer 1999